Ibiza, Spain - Mediterranean Balearic Island and Summer Playground

  • 01 of 17

    Lady Moura Yacht Sails Away from Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain

    Lady Moura Yacht Sails Away from Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain
    ••• Lady Moura Yacht Sails Away from Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Lady Moura in Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Northern Europeans Flock to Ibiza for Sunny Shores and Party Atmosphere

    Ibiza is the southernmost island of the Balearic Islands of Spain. Ibiza's year-round population of 73,000 grows to much more than that during the busy summer season when vacationers from northern Europe come to Ibiza for fun and sun. Ibiza is seen by many as a playground for jet setting party seekers, and a visit to the island confirms this reputation. The island is also home to many artists, so strolling the narrow streets and visiting the artisan's shops can be interesting and rewarding.

    We visited Ibiza from the Wind Surf sailing ship and spent the day enjoying the city of Ibiza. Our ship was docked until well after midnight, and those who stayed out late said that the party-goers were arriving in the bars and the city was just starting to wake up when we sailed!

    The lovely Lady Moura sails from the harbor at Ibiza. The Dalt Vila (old town Ibiza) towers over the harbor.

    The Lady Moura yacht sails away from...MORE Ibiza. Ibiza is famous as a playground of the rich and famous, and this yacht, with its onboard helicopter certainly fits the image. At 344 feet, the Lady Moura was the 10th largest yacht in the world in 2005, according to Power & Motoryacht Magazine. Built in 1990, the Lady Moura is owned by Nasser al-Rashid, a Saudi multi-millionaire who is a University of Texas alumnus. The Lady Moura is larger than many small cruise ships, and carries four tenders, two stowed in each of her aft side bays. The decktop helicopter costs around $25 million, and the dining table is 59 feet long.

    Although the Lady Moura returned to Ibiza later in the day, we didn't get asked onboard. Wouldn't you love to sit at that 59-foot table with many of the rich and famous?

    Continue to 2 of 17 below.
  • 02 of 17

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain
    ••• Dalt Vila Towers Over the Ibiza Harbor Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Old Town Ibiza is called Dalt Vila, and is surrounded by a wall. The view at the top of the hill makes the hike worth it.

    Continue to 3 of 17 below.
  • 03 of 17

    Wind Surf Sailing Ship at the Dock in Ibiza, Spain

    Wind Surf Sailing Ship at the Dock in Ibiza, Spain
    ••• Wind Surf Sailing Ship at the Dock in Ibiza, Spain. Wind Surf in Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 4 of 17 below.
  • 04 of 17

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain
    ••• Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Ibiza town is a picturesque Mediterranean city with narrow streets and interesting shops. The party goers love Ibiza late at night when the bars are hopping.

    Continue to 5 of 17 below.
  • 05 of 17

    Obelisk on Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain
    ••• Obelisk on Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This obelisk, which honors the pirates who defended Ibiza from enemy attcks in the 18th century, is used as a waypoint for directions in Ibiza.

    The Homenaje a los Corsarios, a statue to pay homage to pirates, is erected right on Ibiza's harbour, facing the port.

    Pirates played an important role on Ibiza from the 18th Century onwards, as they defended the island from enemy attacks by sea. The 1925 monument was paid for by the people of Ibiza. Many maps and Ibiza guides start a walking tour of Ibiza town at the obelisk.

    Continue to 6 of 17 below.
  • 06 of 17

    Ibiza Street Scene

    Ibiza Street Scene
    ••• Ibiza Street Scene. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 7 of 17 below.
  • 07 of 17

    View of the Dalt Vila Hilltop on Ibiza

    View of the Dalt Vila Hilltop on Ibiza
    ••• View of the Dalt Vila Hilltop on Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 8 of 17 below.
  • 08 of 17

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain

    Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain
    ••• Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This outdoor fruit and vegetable market in Ibiza town is packed with shoppers in the early morning.

    Continue to 9 of 17 below.
  • 09 of 17

    Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Visitors to old town Ibiza must walk up this ramp and through the old gates of the city.

    Continue to 10 of 17 below.
  • 10 of 17

    Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - Entrance to Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 11 of 17 below.
  • 11 of 17

    Ibiza - Streets of Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - Streets of Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - Streets of Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 12 of 17 below.
  • 12 of 17

    Ibiza - View from Cathedral Square in Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - View from Cathedral Square in Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - View from Cathedral Square in Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 13 of 17 below.
  • 13 of 17

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 14 of 17 below.
  • 14 of 17

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 15 of 17 below.
  • 15 of 17

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 16 of 17 below.
  • 16 of 17

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza

    Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza
    ••• Ibiza - View from Ramparts in Dalt Vila - Old Town Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison
    Continue to 17 of 17 below.
  • 17 of 17

    Wind Surf at the Dock in Ibiza

    Wind Surf at the Dock in Ibiza
    ••• Wind Surf at the Dock in Ibiza. Ibiza Picture (c) Linda Garrison